Yellowstone National Park Warnings Or Dangers Tips by GuthrieColin Top 5 Page for this destination
Yellowstone National Park Warnings and Dangers: 81 reviews and 97 photos
Bison on Draven Pass
When driving around the park you will undoubtedly see animals. Two problems arise from that. First, many visitors will want to slam on their brakes and take a better look. You may be caught in a traffic jam of people that are just sitting in the middle of the road looking at wildlife.
The other problem is that when the animals decide to cross the road you will have to give them the right of way. You may find that they are in much less of a hurry than you are. Don't even think of pushing them they may weigh as much as your car.
In every visitor's information packet three things are included a newspaper of current events, a map and of course a warning. It states that Buffalo can weigh 2000 lbs (900 kg) and that they can sprint at 30 miles per hour. In summation do not try their patience.
Many visitors have been gored by animals. It's not just the buffalo either. Bear elk and moose also can seriously injure humans. You may want to get just a little bit closer to get the best pic but you must use caution.
Giardia From a Biological Web Site
The dreaded Giardia Lamblia parasite or simply Giardia is present in some of the streams and lakes in Yellowstone and throughout wilderness regions of North Amreica, making the water unsafe to drink unless boiled or treated. Knowing what streams are safe and what ones are not is difficult so if there is any question do not drink the water.
Giardia contamination comes from infected animal feces coming into contact with runoff. It is commonly carried by beavers, deer, and sheep. If contracted, symptoms include: Diarrhea, cramps and bloating. Boil water for at least 1 minute before drinking or cooking with it. In short if you are planning on doing some hiking, bring more water than you think you will need.
Ojo Caliente Hot Spring Boiling
Thermal features are very interesting and prevalent in Yellowstone. Many of the geyser basins have boardwalks that keep you out of harm’s way but if you encounter a thermal feature outside the typical locations you may not be restricted from hurting yourself. At first glance it may look like a hot tub that may be great for a dip.
Making that mistake would be very costly. Hot springs that one can swim in do exist in Yellowstone but if it is not well noted that the springs are OK I wouldn’t even consider it. The water in these pools is usually at or very near boiling. Even walking near the edges of thermal pools can be hazardous since many of them overhang the pools and if the edge were to collapse you may be sent into the pool.
Burns inflicted by thermal features can be serious and possibly fatal. Many people and animals have died from them.
As is the case in most National Parks, gas is hard to find. In a park as large as Yellowstone there are only 6 locations at the present time. They are all of the "Sinclair" brand name and are located at the following locations.
- Old Faithful
- West Thumb
- Fishing Bridge
- Canyon Village
- Mammoth Hot Springs
You may have to schedule some of your daily planning around where you will be but for the most part these stations are located in most places you will want to be traveling. In short though if you're below half tank and you see a station, get gas because you may not notice the ones later and running out of gas would be a foul way to spend an afternoon.
When touring the old faithful area and geyser hill in particular don't get your mind set on seeing every geyser erupt that you can. I tried that and it took every bit of will power I had to pull myself away. It's addicting to try and see them all. The problem is that they do not erupt in a timely manner. you may have to spend a whole day to see 4 gersers erupt. Once you see 4 you'll want to see more and more.
In your frenzy to see them all you just may loose several days there and miss the rest of the park. Their is simply too much to see to miss out on it for some geysers. My best suggestion would be to schedule your visit to Old Faithful and the other Geysers for your last day and get it all in on that day. That way you will see the rest of the park and not get stuck on the geysers. The most likely Geysers to see would be Riverside, Grand, and Daisy because they erupt on regular short intervals.
More Reviews (48)
GuthrieColin's Related Pages
Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Yellowstone National Park, My Neighbor"
- "Incredible Yellowstone National Park"
- "Yellowstone National Park was fantastic"
- "Yellowstone National Park"
- "Yellowstone: Hot springs and shifting landscapes"
- "Yellowstone!.... a dream come true!"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Yellowstone National Park
- Hotels in Yellowstone National Park
- Transportation in Yellowstone National Park
- Nightlife in Yellowstone National Park
- Restaurants in Yellowstone National Park
- Shopping in Yellowstone National Park
- Warnings and Dangers in Yellowstone National Park
- See All...
Explore the World
- Isla Mujeres
- Helena Hotels
- As Sulaymaniyah Hotels
- Tysnes Hotels
- Volta Region Hotels
- Isla Holbox Warnings and Dangers
- Toronto Warnings and Dangers
- Belgium Warnings and Dangers
- Saint Martin Warnings and Dangers
- Boston Warnings and Dangers
- Mauritius Warnings and Dangers
- Den Bosch Warnings and Dangers
- Algiers Warnings and Dangers
- Kiribati Warnings and Dangers
- Del Rio Warnings and Dangers
Badges & Stats in Yellowstone National Park
- 54 Reviews
- 134 Photos
- 1 Forum posts
- 9 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (18)
Have you been to Yellowstone National Park?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Yellowstone National Park
- Uploaded a Photo to "Cascade Creek"
- created a Yellowstone National Park Travelogue "Cascade Creek"
- Wrote a Review Architecture in Yellowstone National Park Local Customs
- Posted in Travel Palau Forum "Re: Honeymoon places to stay,..."
- Commented on one of kazander's Yellowstone National Park travel pages
Photos in Yellowstone National ParkSee All Photos (134)
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Yellowstone National Park Intro, 54 reviews, 134 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Glacier National Park Intro, 42 reviews, 117 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Silver Falls State Park Intro, 25 reviews, 71 photos
- Honolulu Intro, 23 reviews, 67 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Palau Intro, 30 reviews, 56 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Crater Lake National Park Intro, 18 reviews, 54 photos
- Bonneville Intro, 15 reviews, 49 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Multnomah Falls Intro, 15 reviews, 44 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Rainier National Park Intro, 14 reviews, 39 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Zion National Park Intro, 18 reviews, 34 photos
FriendsSee All Friends (28)
Latest Yellowstone National Park hotel reviews
- Grant Village Lodge
- 426 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 12, 2013
- Lake Yellowstone Hotel
- 853 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 24, 2013
- Lake Lodge Cabins
- 364 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 6, 2013
- Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel & Cabins
- 1055 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 20, 2013
- Bridge Bay Campground
- 78 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Aug 25, 2013
- Dunraven Lodge
- 103 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 19, 2013
- Fishing Bridge RV Park
- 84 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 5, 2013
- Madison Campground
- 81 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 1, 2013
- Roosevelt Lodge Cabins
- 167 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 4, 2013
- Canyon Lodge and Cabins
- 291 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 3, 2013
- Canyon Village Campground
- 106 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Oct 18, 2013
- Old Faithful Inn Hotel
- 1148 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 20, 2013
- Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins
- 638 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Nov 29, 2013
- Norris Campground
- 29 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 4, 2013
- Cascade Lodge
- 53 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Sep 29, 2013
- Geysers/hot springs- 171 Reviews, 392 Photos
- Old Faithful- 48 Reviews, 94 Photos
- Mammoth Hot Springs- 62 Reviews, 120 Photos
- Wildlife- 67 Reviews, 146 Photos
- Waterfalls- 44 Reviews, 105 Photos
- Morning Glory Pool- 9 Reviews, 17 Photos
- Grand Canyon- 60 Reviews, 109 Photos
- Hayden Valley- 11 Reviews, 37 Photos
- Yellowstone Lake- 13 Reviews, 29 Photos
- Tower Falls- 14 Reviews, 27 Photos